Joi’s Newest Obsession: Vermont White Cheddar Cheese from Sargento
As you know, I have an admitted obsession with Paninis AND cheese – and I’m delighted by the fact that the two hook up so beautifully. Come on,really, does anyone even approach a panini that isn’t wearing cheese?!?! If they ever did, it was probably just to laugh.
Thanks to the economy and the fact that we all want to serve our family more healthy meals, Paninis are hugely popular. With nearly 82% of consumers listing natural cheese among their favorite filings in hot grilled sandwiches/panini, Sargento has declared August as National Panini Month.
As part of the celebration, Sargento has partnered with Jason Denton, professional chef and author, to offer consumers new panini recipes for each day in August with an online National Panini Month Calendar at www.sargentocheese.com.
I preach so much about buying quality ingredients that many people mention it in e-mails. One cook from Louisiana recently told me about a cookie mishap she had. In part of the note, she said, “You’re going to want to pinch me, but I used the cheapest shortening (instead of Crisco) and I used 79 cent vanilla extract.” I told her that, first of all, I wouldn’t pinch her – I’m a kicker – but that I owed her a huge kick in the seat of her pants for the cheap-o vanilla.
You see, if you want superior results, you almost always have to use superior ingredients. There are exceptions, of course, but when in doubt and when possible – go with the better quality ingredients. It makes SUCH a difference – in most foods, especially chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, shortening (unless your bricking your house and need mortar), butter, and MOST DEFINITELY cheese.
Sargento Cheese tastes like deli cheese. It’s unbelievably smooth and delicious. I guarantee you’ll be able to taste and even feel the difference.
I recently tried the newest varieties Sargento has to offer:
- Sargento Sharp Provolone sliced cheese is aged 60 days and boasts a bold taste, along with a smooth and creamy texture
- Sargento Reduced Fat Pepper Jack sliced cheese is the only national brand of sliced cheese available in dairy cases nationwide to combine the great bold flavors of both jalapenos and habaneros
- Sargento Vermont Sharp White Cheddar sliced cheese was a former “Limited Edition” cheese that has been reintroduced to grocery stores nationwide as a permanent item as a result of popular consumer demand for its creamy texture and naturally aged full bodied taste
I love each one but would walk across glass with bare feet for just one tiny piece of the Vermont Sharp White Cheddar cheese. It is so incredibly delicious, I can’t even BEGIN to describe it. My oldest daughter fell head over heels in love with the also delicious Provolone. The Reduced Fat Pepper Jack was also a huge hit in our household – no one ever suspected that this cheese had lost weight. It’s as delicious as ever and a roast beef panini isn’t the same without it on board.
I’ve used the Provolone Cheese on ham and turkey and the White Cheddar is perfect for every meat imaginable. It’s also perfect RIGHT OUT OF THE BAG. Sometimes I try to make myself feel a little classier by putting some on a Ritz Cracker (SO good!), but late at night, I can be found grabbing a slice right out of the bag and noshing away happily like a cat with salmon.
My daughter Brittany is a vegetarian, so these amazing cheeses make perfect paninis for her – so much flavor and variety. Sauteed mushrooms, onions, and red peppers combine deliciously with just about any variety of Sargento cheese. I love to combine the cheeses for extra special paninis and Britt LOVES to see Pepper Jack and Cheddar team up. The contrasting flavors are sheer Heaven.
Be sure to visit http://www.sargentocheese.com/ during August for a new Panini recipe each day. You know I’ll be there with my printer purring and my mouth watering.